Emirates praises pilots, as Ryanair battles them

Emirates has released a video paying tribute to its pilots in a week of aviation industrialstrife in Europe. (Photo courtesy of Emirates)
Updated 19 December 2017
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Emirates praises pilots, as Ryanair battles them

LONDON: In a week that saw pilots across Europe threatening to strike, Emirates has released a tribute to its own cockpit crew.
The one-minute clip published on YouTube is called “A tribute to our pilots” and features a series of images of the 4,000 men and women who helm the Dubai-based company’s planes.
The union that represents Ryanair pilots on Sunday suspended a planned strike — capping a year of industrial relations misery in some of Europe’s big airlines.
But there was no such misery on the faces of the Dubai carrier’s crew that appear in the promotional Emirates video.
Branding experts said it was a well-timed move.
“The timing is terrific,” said David Tarsh, managing director of Tarsh Consulting, a communications agency. “You’ve got airlines with pilots who are not happy, and you’ve got Emirates who are happy to make a virtue of their pilots.”
In the Emirates video, the company brags about flying the largest fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s to 156 destinations in 84 countries.
In contrast, Ryanair has avoided a pilots’ strike by offering to recognize their unions, a move it has vociferously avoided for years.
To compound Ryanair’s misery, this weekend it was voted joint-worst airline for short-haul travel in a survey of 9,000 Which? members. At the other end of the scale, Emirates was voted second best, after Singapore Airlines in the long-haul segment.
Emirates Airline did not reply to a request for comment.


Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

Updated 21 June 2018
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Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

HAVANA: Reports in Cuba’s state-run press have long consisted mostly of transcriptions of official Communist Party declarations, but that turgid style appears to be incrementally changing in the wake of Miguel Diaz-Canel becoming president in April.
Cuban journalists said the Political Bureau of the Communist Party, one of the country’s most powerful bodies, recently approved a “New Communication Policy” aimed at giving state media more ability to report news like their colleagues do in other countries.
State journalists say the goal is to compete with the spread of information from alternative online sources. Cuba has one of the world’s lowest rates of Internet use, but access has been expanding rapidly and Cubans who get online can find a nearly unlimited range of non-official media outlets.